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August 2022
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Associational Staff 

  Dr. Michael Haynes
Director of Grand Oak Mission Center
Rev. David Jackson

Office Manager
Mrs. Shannon Peelor

Financial Secretary
  Mrs. Burnace Smith

Youth Ministry Consultant
Rev. Doug Watson

834 W. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807
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1-7 SoulQuench Mission Trip, continued

1-5 Boys Camp, Baptist Hill

17 Associational Leadership Council, Associational Office, 11:30 am

28 Annual Meeting, 150th Celebration & Missions Fair, Springfield, First, 4:00 pm

29 Associational Office Closed

5 Labor Day, Associational Office Closed

11-18 Week of Prayer for State Missions/ Rheubin L. South Missouri Missions Offering

24 DYM National Day of Volunteer Training, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

26-30 Grand Oak Mission Center Closed

28 See You At The Pole


25-26 Missouri Baptist Convention

Happy 150th Anniversary
Greene County Baptist Association!
Join us in Celebrating at our
Annual Meeting on
August 28, 2022, at
First Baptist Church of Springfield!
4 pm-Annual Business Meeting Session
5 pm– Annual Missions Fair & Finger Foods
6 pm– Worship Session & 150th Celebration
Please RSVP (so we can make sure we have plenty of food) by calling or emailing
the Associational Office at
417-869-2557 or

150 Years of Missions, Ministry and Kingdom Advance
Our Sesquicentennial Celebration is here! Wow! One Hundred and Fifty Years of celebrating and serving the Lord.
As we celebrate, let’s reflect on some of the highlights down through the years:
In 1873 the Greene County Baptist Association was formed by seven churches (FBC Ash Grove, Mt. Pleasant, FBC Springfield, Brighton Baptist Church, Ebenezer and Friendship).

The first Moderator was James Buckner. He served a total of thirty years and was instrumental in promoting Sunday School growth, pastor education and church planting.

Beginning in 1898, several churches had “Women’s Mission Societies and Aid Societies,” but it wasn’t until 1908 that the Women’s Missionary Union of the Association was formally organized.

The longest continuous regional mission partnership the Association has is with Baptist Hill. In 1918 Greene County Baptist Association, along with several other Associations in Southwest MO, established the beautiful Baptist Hill Campgrounds in Mt. Vernon, MO.

In 1925 the “Baptist Club” at Southwest Missouri State College became the Baptist Student Association. The Association has had a strong and enduring relationship with the Baptist Student ministry at now Missouri State University.

In 1933 Southern Baptists conducted a program to reduce the convention’s debt called the Baptist Hundred Thousand Club. The Association strongly supported this effort.

In the late 1930s, Grant Ave. organized a mission Sunday School on the west side of Springfield. In 1940 Mrs. Lois Carter was employed as a full-time worker at the site. This was the beginning of what would later develop into Grand Oak Mission Center.

In 1943 E.L. Brock began his twenty-year service as a part-time Superintendent of Missions. Throughout his ministry, the Association grew numerically and in missions.

In 1964 Jim Joslin was called as the Association’s Director of Associational Work. He served for thirty-three years and led the Association in greatly expanding, including the purchase of the longtime home of the Association on South Glenstone.

The Association hosted a Baptist Book Store at the South Glenstone office, and in 1997 the Baptist Book Store became a full-service store and moved to a new location.

In 1998 Michael Haynes was called as Director of Missions and served for twenty-four years.

In the early 2000s, the Association entered into international missions partnerships with the Guadalajara, MX, and Chandigarh, India, regions.

During the Annual Meeting in 2006, the Association entered into a mission partnership with the Eastern Nebraska Baptist Association.

In 2007 the South Glenstone building was sold and the current building on West Battlefield was purchased.

During 2009 and following, the Association began an emphasis on church planting that is still bearing fruit.

In 2018 a wonderful addition to Grand Oak Mission Center was completed, greatly expanding Grand Oak’s ministry. That ministry continues to grow and thrive.
As we reflect on the ways God has used our Churches and cooperative efforts through the Association, all we can do is give Him praise and shout, “All Glory to God!”
With Joy and Thanks,
GCBA Search
Committee Update:

Continue to Pray for our GCBA Director of Missions Search Committee.
The GCBA Director of Missions Search Committee continues to request your prayers as we seek God’s choice for our next Director of Missions. We have been blessed with several excellent candidates and continue a process of prayerful deliberation seeking God’s leadership. Thank you for your prayers as we move forward in this important process.

GCBA DOM Search Committee    
Associational WMU
August Meeting

August 11, 2022, at 1:00 pm
at the Associational Office,
834 W. Battlefield Rd.
Guest speakers will include
Jeffery Stoneking,
Mike Haynes, and Chris Wilson.

Southwest Region WMU Conference and Training

Join us for an exciting day of inspiration, motivation and learning on Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9 am to 2 pm (registration at 8:30 am), at North Nixa Baptist Church (1730 N. State Highway CC, Nixa, MO 65714). There will be several guest speakers, including missionaries from around the world. They will be collecting used Bibles to include in love packages. The cost of the event is $15 a person. To reserve your reservation, mail payments to Lawrence County Baptist Association, c/o Shirley Andrus, 510 S. Missouri, Marionville, MO 65705. For questions, please call Shirley Andrus at 417-258-2149.
A choir of musicians from our churches will sing before a challenge from Dr. Michael Haynes as part of our Associational Sesquicentennial Celebration on August 28, 2022. The choir will practice at 4:30 pm that evening, in the worship center. During the worship service, they will go to the stage before Dr. Haynes speaks. Everyone is welcome to join the choir to sing, “All to Us” arranged by Mary McDonald. If you are interested in singing in the choir, please contact Tim Burgher at or just come & sing!
In Loving Memory Of:

Kelly Brown passed away June 28, 2022. After retiring from the US Army, Kelly volunteered at Grand Oak Mission Center. He attended Sac River Cowboy Church and enjoyed shooting and watching Springfield Cardinal and MSU games. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Grand Oak Mission Center, 834 W. Battlefield Rd, Springfield, MO 65807.

Terri Baer passed away July 1, 2022. Terri and her husband, Bill, were missionaries in South America for almost 34 years, where Terri was an unusually effective and loved missionary. She was especially sought out as a teacher, a counselor, speaker
and friend. Her humility and sincerity made Terri loved and trusted
wherever she lived and ministered.
Pastor Ray Lassley passed away July 2, 2022. When Ray passed away, he had been Pastor at Mentor Baptist Church since 2014. He was a beloved pastor for most of his life, pastoring five churches during his ministry. He loved to sing, play the guitar, read, do crosswords, hunt mushrooms and spend time with his family.
Please remember the families & friends of
these individuals in your prayers.
United On Mission:
150-Year Book Sales Information
We are excited to announce that United On Mission: The 150-Year Story of Greene County Baptist Association book will be available for purchase at our Annual Meeting/150-Year Anniversary Celebration on August 28, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Springfield. After this, you can purchase your book at the Associational Office. One book will be given to each church in the Association & to each Lead Pastor. Additional books are available for purchase for $10 for GCBA Church Members & $20 for Non-GCBA Church Members.
Happy Anniversary

5 Years:

Michael Robinson,
Hill City Church
15 Years:

J.R. Gann,
The church at Webster Park
2022 Budget Financial Report
Annual Budget $400,167.50
                                      Budget Received             Budget Required
   Jan 1-June 30              $210,109.75                     $200,083.75
                                                                   (105.01% of budget required received to date)
       Income received for Jim Joslin Missions Offering $5,260
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